September 5, 2009

King and Smyth Finish in Top Five

Eagle men win team title and women place fourth at the Clash of the Inland Northwest

Kyle King (pictured) and Alex Smyth of the Eastern Washington University cross country team finished in the top five at the second annual Clash of the Inland Northwest Saturday (Sept. 5), in Spokane, Wash., at Mead High School.

The Eagle men were 3-0 in the four-team dual scoring meet, defeating Gonzaga (18-39), Idaho (20-38) and Washington State (27-29). Washington State defeated Gonzaga (22-35) and Idaho (22-33). Gonzaga defeated Idaho (26-33).

In the women's team scoring, EWU lost to Gonzaga (15-50), Idaho (15-46) and Washington State (15-45). Washington State defeated Gonzaga (18-41) and Idaho (26-30). Idaho defeated Gonzaga (25-32).

In the men's 6,000-meter race, King finished second with a time of 20:28 and Smyth was fifth with a time of 20:35. Other EWU men competing were Graham Vaux (15th, 20:55), Jordan Curnutt (16th, 20:59), Simon Sorensen (17th, 21:00), Cody Barton (24th, 21:16) and Cody Bradwell (36th, 21:56).

In the women's 4,000-meter competition, Stephanie Dye finished 26th with a time of 17:30. Other women finishers included Ari Rios (28th, 17:42), Lauren Matthews (32nd, 18:12), Kelly Downey (33rd, 18:21), Sarah Alvick (40th, 19:11), April Axtell (44th, 19:38) and Amanda Weaver (47th, 20:31).

The Eagles will have a bye week before heading to the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 19 in Seattle, Wash.

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